Elba School Board Reappoints Josh Wilson

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

A group of concerned citizens packed the Elba City Council meeting, concerned over rumors that a school board member would not be reappointed.

The far majority of folks support Josh Wilson as an Elba School Board member.

Following rumors that he wouldn't be renewed to another term by the city council, Wilson and his supporters addressed the council.

"This is certainly not a place to have a personal agenda, or some other motive. Our main concern has and will be the education of the children in our community," said Wilson.

Elba City School Superintendent, Danny Weeks, says he never heard of the city council removing a board member for no reason.

"We’ve had several board members leave due to jobs over the years; now I stand to be corrected, but I find it interesting that this is occurring," said Weeks.

An Elba School Board Member, Gappa Wise, said, "We like Josh and feel he has done a good job. But we support whoever the council feels needs to be on the school board."

Several concerned parents addressed the council to express their support of Josh on the school board.

"I see no reason to change the complexion of the school board. It is working well. I have a fourth-grader here. We love the Elba City School System," said Destiny Hudson.

By a unanimous vote, the city council voted to reappoint Josh Wilson to a five-year term on the school board.

Superintendent Weeks says it's important to have an experienced school board with state education cutbacks anticipated.

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  • by Disgruntled Voter Location: Level Plains on May 29, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    Democracy at work,Government should always be exposed to scrutiny by the citizens it serves. In this case looks like Citizens 1,Elba City Council 0,this is happens when citizens show a interest in their government. Maybe other communities in this area will become more involved in the operations of their cities and county governments.
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